Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.
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CANNON FALLS TOWNSHIP — A homeless man faces burglary and theft charges after allegedly kicking in the door to an occupied house Tuesday night, swiping a set of keys and attempting to drive off in a stolen vehicle as police arrived. Zlatan Lukic, 40, who is listed as homeless in court documents, is charged with first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, simple robbery, theft, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer — all felonies — as well as five lesser charges stemming from the March 13 incident. According to the criminal complaint:
Surgeries on the wrong body parts and a serious injury from a fall were among the errors reported at two area hospitals, according to the latest Minnesota Department of Health Adverse Health Events report. There were four adverse events reported at the 50-bed Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 6, 2017: surgery or other invasive procedure performed on the wrong body part, a pressure ulcer, patient burn and patient fall. The surgical error, burn and fall resulted in serious injuries, according to the report.
Nonprofits residing in the Professional and Community Center on West Fourth Street are preparing to move out after Mayo Clinic Health System announced plans to shutter the former hospital building at the end of September. The building is too large for the health system's needs, and repairs have grown increasingly complex and costly, according to a news release Monday, Feb. 26. The center houses Mayo Clinic Health System staff as well as a number of community organizations using space in the building at no cost.
Healthy gums are an important aspect of oral health, but the benefits don't stop there. February has traditionally been designated Gum Disease Awareness Month, a time to recognize the role of gum health in a person's overall health. More than 47 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Prevalence increases to more than 70 percent for adults aged 65 and up.
A plea agreement was reached Monday, Feb. 5, in the 2017 shooting death of a 27-year-old man in Red Wing's East End. Charles Deonta Jones, 27, of Red Wing, pleaded guilty to counts of second-degree murder without intent and reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality, both felonies. A host of other charges stemming from the incident, including additional second- and third-degree murder charges as well as second-degree manslaughter, will be dismissed under the agreement reached in Goodhue County District Court.
U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis will be checked out at a Virginia hospital after a train carrying Republican lawmakers hit a garbage truck Wednesday morning, Jan. 31. A message from Lewis relayed by the Republican congressman's staff on Twitter Wednesday afternoon indicated he would be seen at a Virginia hospital "per standard concussion protocol." The message continued: "I'm fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders. My thoughts are with the family of the individual who passed away."
Two Wisconsin men were arrested after a truck crashed into the Red Wing Public Library late-Tuesday, Jan. 30, authorities said. A Red Wing police officer patrolling the area of Main Street and West Avenue observed a red pickup stalled or stopped on Main Street near the Studebaker parking ramp. A man reportedly ran from the passenger side of the truck and into the parking ramp, according to a Red Wing police news release Jan. 31. Officers pursued the man to the northwest corner of the ramp and located two men.
As a three-time Ironman finisher and runner of multiple marathons, Dr. David Asp of Red Wing is no stranger perseverance. So when he was faced with a cancer diagnosis, the Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist and local sports coach approached it with his characteristic positive thinking. Asp details his athletic and cancer journeys in his first book, "Start Line and Beyond" published by 9 Foot Voice. We interviewed Asp about writing his first book and what people can learn from his experiences.
A report of what appeared to be a holstered firearm put Dakota County Technical College on lockdown for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2018.
Temperatures could climb to as high as the mid-40s Wednesday, Jan. 10, but snow and freezing weather is back in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Dakota, Goodhue, Pierce and St. Croix counties and a winter weather advisory for Washington County. The alerts warns of mixed wintry precipitation late Wednesday night turning to snow Thursday morning. Plummeting temperatures Wednesday also could lead to flash-freezing on roadways, according to the weather service. Useful links: